Today starts 35th Jazz Festival in Montreal

The Canadian international jazz festival in Montreal will celebrate it’s 35th edition with performances by, among others Cassandra Wilson, Angélique Kidjo and Cécile McLorin Salvant.

Untill 06 July the anniversary edition of the festival in Montreal will present 600 performances, 350 of which will be free concerts at 10 open air stages located around central part of the city.

Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, B.B King, Ambrose Akinmusire, Bill Frisell, Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau, Bobby McFerrin, Buika, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Earth, Wind & Fire, Maxwell and Rudresh Mahanthappa are just a few of the names that will perform at world’s biggest jazz festival.

As in previous years, around 2 million spectators will enjoy the performances in venues with capacities ranging from 200 to 3000 seats, including a hokey stadium Bell Center where 15.000 people will watch vocalist Michael Bublé two night in a row on 04 and 05 July. Free concerts are going to gather up to 60.000 visitors.

One of this year’s festival specialties will be the Diana Krall concert. She is going to perform for the first time at one of the open air stages playing a free concert on 29 June.

“Krall has been a regular participant of the festival during past 20 years. Three years ago she played three nights in a row a conceptual performance based on her childhood which served as inspiration for her latest album Glad Rag Doll. She finished the promo tour this April but will perform the Glad Rag Doll tour repertoire one last time at the festival”, the organizers have announced.

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